These local football, basketball and softball/baseball officials on this list will receive their 20, 30, 40, 45 or 50-year service awards at the 39th annual Officials’ Awards & Alumni Banquet at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, in East Lansing on May 5, 2018. A sincere congratulations to everyone!
20 YEAR OFFICIALS
Berkley – Charles Dzwigalski (MDAO)
Bloomfield Hills – Matthew T McDermott (MDAO)
Canton – Jay S Obsniuk
Canton – Keith R Jungquist
Clinton Township – Devlin D Bell
Clinton Township – Steven N Price
Commerce Township – Rob Witherspoon
Detroit – DaCory S Cooper
Detroit – Lamard H Howell
Detroit – Rickie M Miller (MDAO)
Detroit – Duane J Threatt
Grosse Pointe Woods – Bob Blair
Highland Park – Anthony C Ball
Livonia – Michael R Fenbert (MDAO)
Oak Park – Wheeler A Winslow (Tee)
Ortonville – Robert A Eisiminger Jr. (MDAO)
Pontiac – Peter T Long (MDAO)
Rochester Hills – Angelo P Matera
Southfield – Timothy J Adams
Southfield – John H Barnhill III (MDAO)
Southgate – Gregory S St John
Spring Arbor – Michael D Raffin
Sterling Heights – Daniel M Kellogg
Sterling Heights – Raymond E Lemanski (MDAO)
Troy – Shane F Bies (MDAO)
Walled Lake – Larry E Wilinski
Warren – Dennis W Donald
Warren – Gary L Wagenschutz (MDAO)
West Bloomfield Twp – Charles O Redden (MDAO)
30 YEAR OFFICIALS
Allen Park – Timothy Turgyan
Dearborn Heights – Andrew T Sitarski
Detroit – Nikito K Merchant
Detroit – Walter R Strong Sr. (MDAO)
Milford – Douglas A Flees
Northville – Lee A Scafidi (MDAO)
Plymouth – David J Workman (MDAO)
Southgate – Reginald E Smith (MDAO)
Warren – Malcolm D Pennington III (MDAO)
Washington – Thomas J Polite
West Bloomfield – Daniel Camarena (MDAO)
Westland – Gary S Gaspas (MDAO)
Westland – William J Strang
Wixom – Charles A Phillipson (MDAO)
40 YEAR OFFICIALS
Berkley – Charles A Tyrrell
Grosse Pointe Park – Joseph M Macksoud (MDAO)
Madison Heights – Joseph E Marcinkowski (MDAO)
Novi – James S Kowalczyk
Roseville – Robert W Iwasko Sr.
Shelby Township – Michael R Gentry
Sterling Heights – Jack Abbate Jr.
Taylor – Clayton S Conner
Trenton – Richard B Weiss
45 YEAR OFFICIALS
Canton – David H Mattingly
South Lyon – Richard M Gibson (MDAO)
Trenton – Frank Jaskula
50 YEAR OFFICIALS
Dearborn – Eugene L Smith
Lake Orion – G. Timothy Curtis
Let us know if missed anyone!
Hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend!
Monday night is our first MDAO baseball/softball meeting.
First time listed is for baseball.
As always, we are at Birmingham Groves High School 20500 W 13 Mile Rd Beverly Hills MI 48025 in the little theater (West entrance).
Monday April 2nd – 6:30pm/7:30pm
Please be prompt because we plan to stay on time and be home for the game!
Save the Date!
June 23, 2018
2018 Metro Detroit Football Officials Clinic
7 Man High School Mechanics During 7 v 7 Passing Camp
Cost: $65 (includes: On Field Evaluations, Classroom Breakout Sessions, T-Shirt and Lunch)
For more information contact: Gaylon Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn 7 Man high school mechanics from officials in the following leagues:
NFL – B1G – MAC – MVFC – SWAC -CFO WEST (Big XII, MWC, Southland) GLIAC – MIAA – MHSAA
State Senator Hood is working on a project to increase awareness on SBs 200 and 201. SBs 200 and 201 would increase the penalties for assaulting and battering a sports official. Senator Hood is deeply passionate about these bills and would like to see that they are signed into law.
In order to raise awareness of this legislation, his office is coordinating the production of a video that is intended to educate Michigan residents about the dangers associated with being a sports official and to encourage people to contact their state legislators to support the bill to generate momentum for a Senate vote. Right now, SBs 200 and 201 have been voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee but have seemed to stall in getting a vote on the Senate floor.
How you can help: If you would like to participate, you can expect to be asked the following questions for the video production:
1.) What is your personal story regarding fan/parent aggression?
2.) Why do you think this bill would help?
3.) What does this bill mean for you?
4.) What would it mean for the future of sports?
5.) What would it mean for future referee recruits?
6.) What could the future of youth sports look like if nothing is done to help stop aggression against referees?
7.) What lesson is aggression against referees teaching our children?
In order to participate, please send the best phone number to contact you at, no later than Monday, January 15th at 5:00 pm to:
Chief of Staff Senator Morris W. Hood III
Minority Floor Leader Michigan Senate District 3
ph (517) 373-1254
fax (517) 373-5338
We’ll be in the little theater.
Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee voted favorably to send sports officials assault legislation to the whole Senate for a vote, with a recommendation that the bills, if enacted, be given immediate effect. The measure passed by a 3-1 vote with one abstention. The bills, SB 200 and 201, are at the same point where they stalled two years ago. We need to get them considered by the Senate as a whole. The way to do this is by putting some pressure on individual senators and, particularly, Senator Meekhof, the Majority Leader. A letter writing (email) and telephone campaign from officials can help.
We urge you to contact your State Senator and Senator Meekhof by email, letter and/or telephone to ask their support. Here is a link to identify your Senator and obtain contact information: http://www.senate.michigan.gov/fysbyaddress.html. Below is the outline of a letter you may use as a guide:
I am a resident of ________ and a sports official. I have officiated the sport(s) of __________________ for __ years. I write to urge you to bring SB 200 and 201 to a vote by the Senate as a whole and support their passage. These bills enhance penalties for assaults committed against sport officials.
Assaults against sports officials have increased dramatically in frequency and severity over the past several years. I am sure you are aware of the recreational league soccer official, John Bieniewicz, who was killed on the field in Livonia by a punch from an angry player: http://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/07/michigan-senate-panel-increases-penalties-assault-referees/98872232/. We need this legislation now. Young people are not becoming officials, or drop out soon after starting, because of the increasing violence and abuse referees and umpires endure. This threatens the long-term viability of youth, recreational and school sports programs throughout the state.
I urge you to support these bills.
Earlier this week, Senator Morris Hood reintroduced the sports officials’ assault legislation which stalled in the Senate last term. The Judiciary Committee may consider the bill as soon as next Tuesday (March 7, 2017). The bill addresses assaults on officials during a sporting event. To review the bill, click here: Review Senate Bill 201
If you have been a victim of assault (as an official) and you are interested in testifying please contact Jim Dworman. He can be contacted at email@example.com
There are three local senators on the committee. You can look up the senator for where you live here: State Senator Look Up Even if you’re not covered by these senators, we strongly encourage you to make your voice heard on this matter.
Patrick Colbeck – District 7 – Canton Township, Livonia city, Northville city, Northville Township, Plymouth city, Plymouth Township, and Wayne city
Steve Bieda – District 9 – Center Line, Eastpointe, Fraser, Roseville, Warren, and a portion of Clinton Township
Tory Rocca – District 10 – Clinton Township (part), Macomb Township, and Sterling Heights
Below is some suggested language that can be used when contacting your state senator. Feel free to copy and paste into an email and personalize as you see fit:
As a sports official, I’d like to bring your attention Senate Bill 201 introduced in the Senate Judiciary Committee February 28 by Senator Morris Hood. The bill addresses assaults on officials during a sporting event. It’s an important piece of legislation to protect and support the hard working men and women that give their days and nights to help make athletic contests possible. I know myself and others will be following this legislation closely and encourage you to help bring it to the desk of Governor Snyder.